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RT La’el Collins Named Cowboys’ Most Likely 1st Time Pro Bowler

After insisting for such a long time that this move would never happen, the are moving into the with converted LG as their replacement to the retired at RT. Collins has plenty of upside moving back to his college position at , enough for's Marc Sessler to project him as Dallas' most likely player to appear in his first Pro Bowl.

The pads haven't even come on yet for the Cowboys through , and yet Collins has translated the power and speed that made him an instant fan favorite at in 2015 on the field at RT.

Playing next to four-time Pro Bowler and three-time Pro Bowler undoubtedly helped La'el transition into the league as a rookie before having 2016 washed away due to , but lining up outside of the best guard in football has had a similar effect.

As Bryan Broaddus wrote in his “Scout's Notebook” observation of OTAs:

“Talk about two athletes on the right side of that with and La'el Collins. Both pulled to their right on a hand off to and you would have sworn that it was a mirror. Their technique was the exact same coming off the ball and it caught the defenders off guard on the second level with how quick they were to the outside.”

If La'el Collins is going to make the in his third year and first as a , he will have to earn it. Strong side defensive ends like , Vic Beasley, and will all get their shot against him and on the Cowboys' first place schedule this season.

Our Staff Writer Kevin Brady wrote earlier last month that – in his own Collins has a great chance of being the newest member of the Space Cowboys to represent America's Team at the Pro Bowl, regardless of his position.

“Whether he ends up at right tackle of this season, third year offensive lineman La'el Collins has a shot to be the fourth Pro Bowler on that vaunted Dallas Cowboys offensive line.

Collins has flashed All-Pro potential before, but inconsistency and injury have plagued him over his first two professional seasons. Still, with a couple of years in the league under his belt, it is time for Collins to take that next step in his career.”

When paired with my own film review on La'el Collins' ability at tackle, the potential is certainly there for the right side of the Cowboys' offensive line, starting at , to collectively block at the Pro Bowl.

Of course, they'll have to turn down these offers along with Smith, because the unit expects to be steamrolling their way to the .

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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